Fri 05 October
Artist collective KEES – Nieuw Vleesch In De Kuip
Artist Collective KEES will exhibit in De Witte Slagerij on the Rakstraat 2, Rotterdam, from 5 to 28 October 2012. The KEES artists are Maaike Kramer, Marjolein Witte and Boukje van Iperen. The grand opening of the exposition will kick off at 8 P.M. on Friday October 5th. The expo will consist of paintings, photos, sculptures, installations and video art.
The three artists founded Kees in 2010. They come together to critique, discuss and work together, and organize one shared exposition a year. All pieces shown at De Witte Slagerij were created this year.
Maaike Kramer – Kramer’s work focuses on the search for legitimacy. This translates into the right to exist in the modern day art scene. She researches and documents this scene and translates this material into her own artwork. In the De Witte Slagerij, Kramer will display work that is based on many years of photographing various museums. Kramer discovered that she often catches artwork on camera that she didn’t consciously see when visiting the exposition. She has legitimated these works by integrating them into her own artwork. Kramer asks the viewers of these works what remains of the original, if the original still matters in this new translation of the work and if this translation of the original piece is a legitimate piece of art in its own right.
Marjolein Witte – Witte exhibits her video artwork ‘Plengoffer’ (Libation). This autobiographical and psychological self-portrait bases itself in the eternal rituals of sacrificing milk and bathing in milk. This work revolves around the theme of ‘mother’, where mother’s milk is a metaphor for the bond between mother and child, and the ritual is a metaphor for the suffering of the child—as well as the mother—in the cycle of guilt and forgiveness. Witte’s work touches upon many autobiographical elements and always relates to the psychological and emotional bases of humanity. Beyond Plengoffer, various photographs and video artworks of Witte will be displayed at De Witte Slagerij.
Boukje van Iperen – Amongst others, Van Iperen will exhibit the statue ‘Offer’ (Sacrifice). This paraffin sculpture is a cast of her own body. The work will only be displayed during this exposition, because it will slowly burn up. Van Iperen finds the inspiration for most of her work in the Western Christian tradition. Important themes within the artworks are the change of origin through time and men, and the representation of the strong and/or sinful woman. The video work ‘Keeping my Sanctuary’ will also be shown during the exposition.
Opening of the exhibition is on friday Oktober 5th from 20:00 - 22:00. With live music from Colt Nevada.
Exhibition runs from October 5th till 28th